Kathleen Alcalá

The Clueless Eater

Broccoli Reset

May 20, 2011

Tags: Bainbridge Island, local food, broccoli, carrots, sustainable living

Broccoli and marigolds
Last week, something ate most of my broccoli sprouts. This was followed by 1 1/2 inches of rain in one day, washing away anything left. So I visited Bay Hay & Feed to purchase more substantial broccoli starts. I also added marigolds, remembering that I used to mix them with my vegetables to ward off bugs. I planted nasturtium seeds as well, just for entertainment.


  1. May 20, 2011 2:30 PM PDT
    the slugs are really bad this year... maybe that's what did them in? Also keep in mind that nasturtiums are a trap crop, which means that if you get aphids they will choose your nasturtiums over your broccoli. Which is good news for your broccoli's future! I do hope you don't get aphids though... nasturtiums are so pretty and can do really well in our climate.
    - Tamara Sellman
  2. May 20, 2011 4:10 PM PDT
    Hi Tamara! Yes, I planted the nasturtiums off to one end of the box, in hopes that they will distract the insects, or at least provide something beautiful if nothing else survives.
    - Kathleen Alcala
With Cowichan Elder Hyamiciate, Della (Rice) Sylvester at the The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium


Selected Works

Creative nonfiction, memoir, environmental sustainability.
Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future.
Creative Nonfiction
Essays on Family and Writing

The Desert Remembers My Name makes an important contribution to discussions of ethnicity, identity, and the literature of place.”
Bloomsbury Review
"...a mesmerizing tale... the author explores the fascinating confusions and contradictions plaguing a culture precariously poised between tradition and modernization."
"She never forgot the power of storytelling as testimony."
The Utne Reader
"Kathleen Alcalá's Spirits of the Ordinary is an enthralling book..."
–Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books

"This book entered my dreams."
–Alberto Rios
Short Fiction
"Thoroughly satisfying."
The New York Times Book Review

"By turns touching, entertaining, and surprising, and uniquely her own."
Publishers Weekly

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